State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland introduced a resolution on Thursday to name January as Mentoring Month in the state of Michigan. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives.
“I am confident that all of us in this room had the advantage of a mentor,” Rep. Calley said addressing her colleagues on the House floor. “Whether it be a family member, friend, educator or co-worker, we have all benefited from the wisdom and leadership of people we respect.”
“Here’s a statistic that should give us pause: one in three young people in the U.S. will reach the age of 19 without having a mentor of any kind,” continued Calley.
The Michigan Community Service Commission, the state’s lead agency on volunteerism, is participating through one of its signature initiatives, Mentor Michigan.
Through this program, the Community Service Commission provides support services to mentoring and youth development programs statewide. It also ensures quality mentoring best practices, administers technical assistance, and manages software that enables programs to recruit mentors and increase visibility.
To become a mentor or learn more about Mentor Michigan, please visit www.michigan.gov/mentormichigan/.